The trip starts from arrival into Mineralnye Vody where we meet you to transfer to the hotel in Terskol in the Baksan valley. Terskol lies almost at the end of the Baksan Valley, at the foot of Elbrus (Europe's highest mountain). This village is the best-developed mountain sports center in the 1000km length of the Caucasus - a range that could swallow up the Alps!
The first part of the trip is back-packing to the Green Hotel to camp and acclimatise before the ascent of Elbrus. It will be porter-supported to carry the communal camping equipment and food; you carry all of your own personal equipment including sleeping bag and mat. We climb to the Eastern Jankuat Pass, 3600m, which provides superb panoramas of the Caucasus Range as well as good acclimatisation and practice with your crampons and walking on glaciers. For the ascent of Elbrus we use a cable car and chairlift to take us to a height of 3800m, From here we walk up to stay in either one of the huts or to camp at 4200m; a snowcat is often available for hire.
Though gentle-angled, the ascent of Elbrus requires the use of crampons and an ice axe. Although the fist 2 days will provide practice with these it is important for you to be fully competent with their use before the trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Mineralnye Vody airport. Private bus transfer to our base hotel in Baksan Valley.
Day 2: Walk up the Adyl-su valley to the "Green Hotel", camp 2400m.
Day 3: Walk up the Jankuat Glacier to the Eastern Jankuat Pass, 3600m. Walk back via the Adyl-su valley. Return to the hotel. Night in the hotel.
Day 4: Ascend cable car system to Diesel or Garabashi Huts. Possible acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks.
Day 5: Attempt on Elbrus or acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks.
Day 6: Attempt on Elbrus.
Day 7: Attempt on Elbrus.
Day 8: Descend to our hotel in the Baksan Valley.
Day 9: Drive back to Mineralnye Vody airport.
* If Garabashi huts are full you may have to use the Diesel Hut or camp in the vicinity of the former "Priut 11" refuge. If Elbrus is climbed on day 6 or 7 you will descend to the hotel and some valley walks will be organized.
* Private Trips: A similar program to the above can be run at any time of the summer for individuals or private groups.
* Terrorism and your Security: The Caucasus have recently been on some countries' Office of Foreign Affairs "not recommended to travel to lists". We are happy to discuss this situation with you. s with us.
* Flights: We can obtain your flights for you through to Mineralnve Vody via Moscow if you wish. From USA or most countries in Europe.
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